Thursday, January 22, 2009

Exactly one year ago I sent this report from the field:

"...the rest of the evening consisted of meeting Rhoda, an 80 year old ex jazz singer from Humbolt County, California who performs nightly along with two old friends (also in their 80's) (one on sax and one on trumpet, at the Walla Walla restaurant in town (she does a good rendition of When the Saints Come Marching Home in Spanish), and later meeting a guy named Bob who is a few years older than us who is a dead ringer for Timothy Leary. Bob lives on a commune in Oregon where he grows a small marijuana cash crop and winters here in San Blas, Mexico, where he seems to know everyone. He has six kids, two of whom (the youngest), "Starlight Rain" (11 years old) and "Harmony" (8 years old) are here with him. Bob kind of summed up his situation when he concisely explained that he started living off the grid 35 years ago and has stayed off the grid ever since. I would say that pretty much sums up his situation. He held court all evening at the bar while Starlight and Harmony wandered around. Bob and kids and their friend Roger (Roger is a whole other story) are staying at the house of the owner of the San Blas Social Club which Bob says is a really beautiful place right on the beach except that the roof is caved in."

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